I just made it onto the train home. It was crowded, it was hot and I was exhausted. There was one seat remaining that was right between two people. I usually don’t like to squeeze in between people but I did not want to stand for the 45 minute ride.
I plopped into the available seat, exhaled, tilted my head back, and closed my eyes. I needed a moment of silence, to rest my eyes from starring at a screen all day, and clear my mind in preparation for getting home to the kids.
It started with some rustling. I had my eyes closed but I could tell that the woman next to me was looking for something in her purse. Then the smell hit me. I initially recognized the smell as barbeque chips.
The sound was so LOUD that it startled me and my eyes flew open. The I heard it again…..
I looked to my left and the woman next to me was eating barbeque flavoured corn nuts. Corn nuts? Corn nuts. I realized that one never realizes how smelly and noisy corn nuts are until one is trying to get some rest after a long day at work.
I tried to close my eyes again and tune out the sound but I had become so aware of it that I could hear every crunch. This went on and on until she got off at the stop just before mine (about 35 minutes)
Based on this experience and other of a similar nature I have decided to send a suggestion to the Transit Commissioner asking that a they add a Banned Substances section to their Rider Code of Conduct. The banned substances would be as follows:
- Corn Nuts of any kind – no further explanation required
- Tuna – or fish of any kind but I have yet to see someone eating cod on the train so tuna should do it.
- Hard Boiled Eggs – I don’t think I need to elaborate.
Do you have anything you’d add to this list?